Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How To Write a Compound Sentence!

Remember: November is Family Blogging Month! 
This is the perfect post for family comments!



Mrs. Yollis' students are always trying to improve their writing skills.

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 A compound sentence:
  1. Combines two shorter sentences (so has TWO subjects)
  2. Joins the two sentences with  a conjunction (and, or, but, so)
  3. The comma goes BEFORE the conjunction.
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 Here are some sample compound sentences, and they are all about Thanksgiving!
(Hey, that's a compound sentence!) 

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, and many families gather for a traditional feast. 

In 1620, the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, but they had really planned a trip to Virginia. 

 The Massachusetts winter was extremely cold and  harsh, so everyone had to work together to survive. 

The Wampanoag Indians helped the struggling Pilgrims, so they were able to harvest crops for their first feast. 

Modern Americans dine on turkey and stuffing at home, or they make a reservation at a local restaurant.












For Homework!

In the comment section, tell about your plans for Thanksgiving. Be sure to include at least two COMPOUND SENTENCES.

Research Thanksgiving. Add new relevant information about this American holiday. 

40 comments:

  1. Hi Mrs.Yollis,
    I love to blog on your posts, and here is a post! What I am going to do for Thanksgiving is my family is hosting Thanksgiving dinner. It is fun hosting Thanksgiving dinner because I get to help make the food, and I sometimes help dress the turkey. I also help bake the desserts. Yum! Do you ever host Thanksgiving dinner? I don't eat the turkey but sometimes I do. I've always hosted Thanksgiving dinner at my house , and I love having everyone over.

    From,
    Aryana

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  2. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for what we have, and the holiday reminds us about the great family we have.

    Sincerely,
    Ethan

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    1. Meredith (Sean's Mom)November 23, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Dear Ethan,

      You are right! Thanksgiving is great time to be thankful for all of the wonderful things in our life. I am grateful for my family and that everyone is happy and healthy. What are you grateful for?

      I think I have a great family too! Although I do not have any aunts or uncles and very few cousins, I do have a brother and a sister and both of my parents. I also have 3 boys and a husband.

      Who are the members in your family (don't use their names but tell me if you have siblings, etc.)?

      What else are you thankful for besides family?

      Sincerely,
      Meredith

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  3. Dear class,

    These are two compound sentences that have to do with what I'm eating during the yummy Thanksgiving feast.


    I like to eat pumpkin pie, AND pumpkin tarts with whip cream during the feast. The tarts are mini pumpkin pies with whip cream, AND they are so good!

    Your friend,
    Asha

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  4. Dear class,

    I can't wait for this Thanksgiving break because we have a lot of fun things to look forward to. During the break my cousins, sisters, and I are going to the "Happiest Place on Earth" - Disneyland. This has become our yearly tradition around the holidays. My favorite rides are "Space Mountain" and "Splash Mountain", AND my favorite Disney character are "Minnie Mouse" and
    "Daisy." That will be the highlight of my week, although I am also looking forward to Thanksgiving Day.

    On Thanksgiving, we gather around with my family and extended family to give thanks and eat lots of food especially turkey, corn bread and stuffing. I can taste everything already. What are some of your family traditions during the holidays?

    Sincerely,
    Kayla :]

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  5. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because I get to spend time with my family and friends. Every year on Thanksgiving, my mom bakes pumpkin pie and cooks yummy food. My aunt makes the turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy.

    I am so happy that Thanksgiving is around the corner!

    Warmly,
    Kiano

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    1. Meredith (Sean's Mom)November 19, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      Dear Kiano,

      What is your favorite food to eat that your mom makes on Thanksgiving? Do you like pumpkin pie?

      I really like pumpkin bread and pumpkin cheesecake. Have you ever tried those before?

      What do you do on Thanksgiving with your family and friends? Do you watch football?

      I am also looking forward to Thanksgiving. My favorite food to eat is pumpkin soup. Have you ever tried that before?

      Sincerely,
      Meredith

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  6. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    I learned that the pilgrims ate seals in the Brain pop video, and that Squanto helped the pilgrims survive.

    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because I spend time with my family. On Thanksgiving my uncle brings pies from his restaurant, and my mom makes the turkey and the side dishes.

    Does anyone stay at their house for Thanksgiving like I do?
    What are you thankful for? I am thankful for food and family.

    Sincerely,
    Nicholas

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    1. Dear Nicholas,

      Here is my answer to your question in the form of a compound sentence:

      We love to stay home and have our family come to our house, but this year my parents are having us over because our kitchen is under construction.

      Have a happy Thanksgiving,
      Lisa (Troy's mom)

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    Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    It was Governor William Bradford who arranged a harvest festival, and about 90 Native Americans attended the festival.

    For Thanksgiving this year I am going to my grandma and grandpa's house, and they will be dogsitting my cousin's dog, Stella.

    From,
    Troy
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    1. Dear Troy,

      That is an interesting fact about Governor Bradford!

      This Thanksgiving, I will be with my Wisconsin family at Great-Grandma's house, and we will be making a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with pumpkin pie for dessert.

      After dinner we will probably play cards, or some might like to watch football.

      I will miss you, but will see you soon at Christmas!

      Your blogging Grandma,
      Barb (Troy's Grandma from Wisconsin)

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  8. Dear Mrs. Yollis and Class,

    I love Thanksgiving! It's such a wonderful time of year to enjoy spending time with family.

    Some years Mr. Ranney and I spend Thanksgiving in Death Valley National Park with family members, and other years we spend it at home. 2014 is a year we plan to be at home. We will enjoy having the gathering at our house, and we are especially looking forward to having our daughter Kari's boyfriend John join us. He has just moved from Florida to California and has never spent Thanksgiving in our state.

    We'll have a traditional Thanksgiving meal: turkey, dressing, mashed and sweet potatoes, and Brussels sprouts. John and Kari will also bring something new, a special carrot salad that his family enjoys each Thanksgiving.

    I feel very thankful for the many blessings in my life, so I feel such joy when I can share what I have with my family!

    I hope each of you has a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family as well!

    Thankfully yours,
    Mrs. Ranney

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    1. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

      I wanted to wish you a nice Thanksgiving, and I am so happy that I got to meet you this week during the pumpkin bread baking.

      Enjoy your time with your family. I have a first cousin who spells her name just like your daughter, and her husband's name is John! But I am wondering if perhaps they pronounce their names differently. My cousin's name is pronounced like "CAR-e."

      Warmly,
      Lisa (Troy's mom)

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  9. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    Ella: My favorite Thanksgiving food is turkey, AND we will be eating a lot of it on the special day! : )

    Liron: Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, AND I celebrate it every year at my house! : )

    What is your favorite part about Thanksgiving?

    Is turkey your favorite food?

    Sincerely,
    Ella and Liron

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  10. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    Kiano: For Thanksgiving, I am going to eat marvelous mashed potatoes, terrific turkey, and gorgeous gravy, and we will be talking about our life and jobs.

    Leah: On Thanksgiving I go to my aunt's house. My favorite foods to eat on Thanksgiving are pumpkin pie and corn bread.

    Sincerely,
    Kiano and Leah:]

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  11. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    For Thanksgiving, I will go to my grandma's house, and I will eat mashed potatoes instead of turkey. The reason is that I'm vegetarian. My grandparents, aunt, and uncle will probably watch football.

    Sincerely,
    Nic and Ethan

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    1. Meredith (Sean's Mom)November 19, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      Dear Nic and Ethan,

      What other foods can vegetarians eat during Thanksgiving? I go to a friends house each year to celebrate and one of the girls that goes is also a vegetarian. Her mother makes special pumpkin soup with vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and special stuffing with only vegetables.

      I bet there are a lot of desserts you can eat that are vegetarian.

      Do you know what teams will be playing football on Thanksgiving? Do you know what the name of the football game is that is played in San Francisco on Thanksgiving Day? (hint- it has to do with something you eat on Thanksgiving).

      My research tells me that American football is one of the many traditions in American culture that is associated with Thanksgiving Day. Virtually every level of football, from amateur and high school to college and the NFL, plays football on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday) or the immediately following holiday weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

      Do you know any other fun facts about Thanksgiving football?

      Sincerely,
      Meredith

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  12. Tabitha,Arena, and Lila-JaneNovember 19, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    Tabitha: Over Thanksgiving break, I am having Thanksgiving dinner. We are going to have terrific turkey, marvelous mashed potatoes, and gorgeous gravy.

    Arena: I'm so excited for my first Thanksgiving, and I don't know what we're having. Do know what you're having?

    Lila-Jane: I'm going to have my first Thanksgiving, and I am ready to have it. Do you know where Thanksgiving came from?

    Sincerely,
    Tabitha, Arena, and Lila-Jane ♥

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  13. Dear class,

    During the holidays, we have fun plans.

    Winston: For Thanksgiving, I'm going to visit my dad's friends, AND I am excited to see their cat. The cat is very shy and stays away, BUT
    that's good, because my dad is allergic to cats.

    Asha: I'm going to my aunt's, AND I'll have Thanksgiving dinner there. Every year, we have Thanksgiving dinner at either my house, my aunt's and uncle's house, or my other aunt's and uncle's house. No matter where we are, we still have a good time!

    What are your plans? (Remember, don't tell when you are going.)

    Sincerely,
    Asha and Winston

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    1. Meredith (Sean's Mom)November 22, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      Dear Asha,

      When you go to Thanksgiving at your aunt and uncle's house, do you bring some of the food? If so, what is something that you like to make and bring?

      When Thanksgiving is at your house, what do you make? In my family, we go to a friend's house and I also bring a desert. I love pumpkin so I usually try to make pumpkin bread which is very similar to the one you made in class. One of the differences is that I put chocolate chips in my pumpkin bread.

      Have you ever made a pumpkin pie?

      Sincerely,
      Meredith

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  14. Dear Mrs. Yollis and Class,

    I am looking forward to Thanksgiving. My family is invited to my Uncle's house, and we plan to go. My grandparents will also be there. I can't wait for Thanksgiving day and visit with my cousins. We are going to have turkey, mashed potato, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. My favorite is pumpkin pie. What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

    Sincerely,

    Noa

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  15. Dear Mrs.Yollis and Class

    I love Thanksgiving! During the morning, my family and I will go on hike, but only if it's not raining. Later in the afternoon we go to my Aunt Debbie's house for dinner. I get my cousins and relatives. My aunt's food is so delicious, and I eat everything! After we eat dinner we go outside and play football with my cousin and take a walk to help our full bellies. Then we get to come inside and eat desert. I like my mom's pumpkin pie the best because I help her back it.

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    1. Meredith (Sean's Mom)November 20, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      Dear Derrick,

      What are some of the ingredients that go into your mom's pumpkin pie? Have you helped her make and other desserts for Thanksgiving?

      I like to eat my pumpkin pie with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top. How about you? Do you eat it plain or with a topping?

      How old is your cousin that you play football with? Do you also watch Football on TV when you are at your aunt's house?

      Sincerely,
      Meredith

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  16. Dear Mrs. Yollis and Class,

    On Thanksgiving, I am going to Dad's cousin's house, my mom's aunt's house and my aunt's house. I am going to be eating a lot of food! My Dad's cousin is an amazing cook. I can't wait to see what she is making next week.

    Although I'm going to all of those places, my sister won't be because she goes to sleep at 6:00 pm. I'll miss her and look forward to when she can stay up a little later.

    Sincerely,
    Leah ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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  17. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    On Thanksgiving,I am going to my family friend's house.

    We eat pumpkin soup first, and then the meal is served.We have mashed potatoes,turkey with gravy,and much more stuff.
    She is an amazing cook!

    After dinner we have a little desert.My favorite desert is apple pie, and pumpkin pie.

    Your Thanksgiving buddy,
    Sean

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  18. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    On Thanksgiving day, I will be staying in a hotel near the beach in Newport Beach. We will be having Thanksgiving dinner with my extended family, and I am very excited about this. It is a far drive from my house, so we will spend the night there. On Friday morning, I hope to go to the beach and play in the sand.
    I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving.

    Sincerely,

    Noa

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  19. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    After Hannukah, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I look forward to spending time with my family and having a big Thanksgiving turkey dinner. I enjoy spending time with Noa, Danielle and Edan and playing games such as marbles and talking about things that make us happy.
    I am really looking forward to this holiday and wanted to wish you all a joyous time with your family and loved ones.

    Sincerely,

    Noa's Dad

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  20. Dear Class,

    I had a wonderful day baking with you guys. Kiano, Aryana, Ty and Arena, you all did a fantastic job taking turns, getting all the ingredients and mixing them together so well, to make sure there were no lumps in our batter!

    It was a learning experience for me as well because now I have a new recipe to make pumpkin bread. I will make it on Thanksgiving, and I'm sure it tastes great! Thank you Tara for baking the breads for us.

    Hope everyone has a fun and safe Thanksgiving break.

    Love,
    Sara

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  21. Dear Mrs.Yollis and class,

    Here are my two compound sentences.

    1) My family gets to celebrate Thanksgiving in the warm sun, but my grandma has to spend it in freezing Chicago.

    2) I don't like pumpkin pie, so I will have to have ice-cream for dessert on Thanksgiving.

    From, Joshua

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  22. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    Tabby, Royce, Tabitha's dad, Gregg, and I are having Thanksgiving in New York. Since we are flying, I am checking the weather everyday because I am worried about snow. There is a lot of snow in upstate New York but it seems okay in New York City where the airport is. However, there is a prediction of snow for our return flight.

    What will we do if we get snowed in? How will Tabitha do her class and home work?

    Sincerely,
    Tara, Tabitha's mom

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  23. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I like Thanksgiving! I love to eat turkey, and it is so good I can already can taste it. What is your favorite food on Thanksgiving? Do you like turkey like I do?


    Sincerely,
    Liron

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    1. Meredith (Sean's Mom)November 22, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      Dear Liron,

      Do you like to put gravy on your turkey? I like to eat my turkey with cranberry sauce. It is so delicious that way. My favorite food on Thanksgiving is pumpkin soup. I could eat that for the entire meal and be happy. Have you ever tried pumpkin soup?

      Some people say that after they eat turkey on Thanksgiving that they feel tired. Does that happen to you? I think I usually feel stuffed and that makes me tired!

      What other things are you going to eat with the turkey?

      Sincerely,
      Meredith

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  24. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    On past Thanksgivings, we've traditionally gone out to eat. But this year, we will be hosting some extended family members for dinner at our house. I look forward to eating lots of delicious food but the thought of cooking for 20 people is a little daunting.

    We are not big turkey eaters so we will be serving ham as the main course. How many pounds of ham do you think we will need to feed 20 people?

    Sincerely,
    Judy (Ruby's mom)

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  25. Hi Mrs.Yollis and class,
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    My family loved the pumpkin bread so much. It was devoured in two minutes, AND I am happy that we have the recipe, SO we can make some more delicious pumpkin bread again. I had a great day decorating the pumpkin bread, AND everything that we did today. I am thankful for all of you.

    What was your favorite part of the day?
    What are you thankful for?
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    Thankfully,
    Aryana

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  26. Dear Preston,

    You did an fantastic job on your beautiful Thanksgiving presentation. You are a very good student, and you knew what to do on everything. I am so proud of you! Do you want to do another show like this? I hope you get to do another show like this.

    Your buddy,
    Liron

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  27. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    On Thanksgiving, Sarah and I baked banana bread, and Miriam and Michael baked pumpkin bread. Here are some interesting facts about Thanksgiving. The pilgrims didn't have forks,so they had to use spoons and knives. Every year the president pardons one turkey from being eaten, and this year the presidents two daughters crossed their arms and rolled their eyes during the pardon.

    From,
    Hannah

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  28. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving dinner. On Thanksgiving, my grandma came over and roasted our huge turkey, and my siblings and I baked banana and pumpkin bread. Many family members came over to our house, and we celebrated Thanksgiving. I entertained my family with my favorite piano song, Clowns, and my sisters played the violin and piano too. Did you know that the heaviest turkey was 86 pounds.The pilgrims had no forks, so they ate their food with only spoon's and knives.

    What was your favorite part of Thanksgiving day?

    From,
    Michael

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  29. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    President Roosevelt had asthma when he was young, but he became a strong athlete in his life.

    President Reagan made a speech in front of the Berlin Wall, and it was torn down shortly after.

    Henry Ford build his first car, and he made the assembly line in his factory.

    Jackie Robinson was the first colored man to play baseball, but he died of a heart attack at a young age.

    William Mulholland brought water to Los Angles, and he is honored with many street names.

    Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Pacific Ocean, and she disappeared at sea.

    Neil Armstrong was fearless, but his father never was.

    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Yollis' students

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  30. Asha ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥May 12, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Dear class,

    Even though it is not Thanksgiving, I came up with some non-Thanksgiving compound sentences.

    There are 24 hours in day, so there are 12 hours during p.m.and 12 hours during a.m.

    I love to go ice skating, but it hurts when I fall down hard.

    My favorite thing to do is play soccer, and it is a rough sport.

    l liked working on my website, but it was hard to remember the steps that we did to make our projects.

    Helen Keller was blind and deaf, but she achieved many things in life like, going to college.

    I hope you like my compound sentences! What other non-thanksgiving compound sentences can you type?

    You friend,
    Asha



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  31. Dear Class,

    Here are my compound sentences.

    My friend is 8, so he is in second grade in Ms. Fitzner's class.

    I like basketball, but sometimes people foul me.

    I like baseball because I like to hit the ball, so we need umps to make all of the calls.

    Sincerely,
    Sean

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